On 5th July, also the occasion of Guru Purnima, Kalam Centre in association with ACT Foundation and Helping Hands Foundation initiated an act of kindness. Under the Project Raktkanika, a blood donation camp was organised in Vadodara where Mr. Prafullbhai Tambodiya, District Youth Coordinator, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and Mrs. Nimishaben Shah from Jalaram Blood Bank, were invited as chief guests. The blood donation camp was organised in order to combat the shortage of blood faced by health authorities amid lockdown. It was organised keeping in mind the guidelines issued by the government. All measures were taken, including disinfecting the surface, providing masks and sanitizers to volunteers and workers while maintaining social distancing. “Even in this critical situation of pandemic, we have successfully conducted blood donation camp with all safety measures. I request you all to please come forward to donate blood in these difficult times,” said Charmy Pandya, Under-Secretary, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre. In this new normal, the blood donation camp turned out to be a success, with the collection of 25 units of blood.
“It is very important to keep a focus on blood donation especially in these times of Covid-19, when people are finding it harder to come out for such activities. In this context, the efforts and results of the partners and team is commendable,” said Srijan Pal Singh, CEO, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre. Apart from the blood donation camp, a new initiative called the “Tiny Library” was also kicked off. It is a book donation drive that caters the need for the critical supply shortage for children’s reading resources. This book donation drive was organised in association with the Kalam Library. Vivek Mishra, Vishal Shah and Suraj Thakkar, who are associated with Kalam Library also helped setting up the blood donation camp. Kalam Library aims to fulfill Dr. Kalam’s dream by setting up small libraries around the city, consisting of children’s reading resources in various languages, to help underprivileged children get access to knowledge and achieve their dreams. This initiative was welcomed warmly and has been able to collect a huge number of books.
These two events were organised simultaneously by the volunteers of Kalam Centre and such acts of kindness prove that not all heroes wear capes. They may live ordinary lives and do not have any stage names, but they are known for trying to set things right, helping people around and bringing a ray of hope amid a global pandemic.